Spiritual Myopia

David Kelley, Patty Chang

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David Kelley and Patty Chang, Spiritual Myopia (still), 2018.

e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory Spiritual Myopia
David Kelley, Patty Chang

15 Minutes

August 14–27, 2020

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of David Kelley and Patty Chang's Spiritual Myopia (2018), on view from Friday, August 14 through Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Spiritual Myopia is a sculptural video work dealing with the invisible labor and desire of residents of the oil-industry boom towns of Fort McMurray in the Canadian Tar Sands, and Port Arthur, Texas. The two towns are terminal nodes of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline which would span the United States. Fort McMurray has the third largest oil deposit in the world. Its rapid pace of growth has meant a dearth of housing for its migrant workers. Port Arthur boasts the world’s largest concentration of oil refineries and its town center has nearly disintegrated from economic decline. These twin cities are related spatially as nodes in the same energy infrastructure, and temporally in their different stages of a boom or bust economy. Borrowing its title from Alfred Stieglitz’s photo Spiritual America, Spiritual Myopia speaks to the nearsightedness innate to hypercapitalism.

Spiritual Myopia is presented here as one of three films in Part One | Extraction: Environments and Communities​, the first of six programs in the online film and discussion series Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memoryprogrammed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

Ecology After Nature runs from August 14 through November 8, 2020. The films in Part Two will screen for two weeks, and subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Sunday.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Return to Part One | Extraction: Environments and Communities

David Kelley is an artist working with photography, video, and installation. His recent projects draw attention to the effects of global capitalism, resource extraction, and shifting physical and political landscapes.

Patty Chang is an artist working in performance, video, writing, and installation. Her work has a capacity to explore complex subjects nearly simultaneously, as does life.

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